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Ferrari boss drops hints about Lewis Hamilton contract

Ferrari boss drops hints about Lewis Hamilton contract
Ferrari boss drops hints about Lewis Hamilton contract

Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur has dropped a major hint about seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton’s contract with the team, which will begin in 2025. Vasseur, who joined the Maranello-based team at the start of the 2022 season, has revealed that the British driver could race for the team until the end of the 2027 season.

Hamilton, who recently took his 104th Formula 1 victory at the British Grand Prix, had considered retirement after a challenging series of seasons at Mercedes but appears to be re-energised by a new opportunity at Ferrari, set for 2025. As Hamilton aims for an unprecedented eighth world championship, his career decision points to a long-term deal.

In a revealing interview with The Financial Times, Vasseur hinted at the proposal that Hamilton would race under the Ferrari banner until at least the end of 2027, while it was initially thought that this would only happen until the end of 2026. The Frenchman said:

“Lewis was an important symbol because it sends a positive message to the paddock for the future of the team,” Vasseur says in his bright, modern office in Maranello, near Bologna. “He had to make a choice: ‘Where do I have the best chance of winning the world championship in 2025, ’26, ’27?’ And he said, ‘Ferrari.’

“For us, (Hamilton’s arrival) is also the best way to attract good people. We have good people at Ferrari, but I want to strengthen them.

“Most of them (F1 engineers) are in the UK. If you move from Mercedes in Brackley to Red Bull in Milton Keynes, you keep the kids in the same school, you keep the same house. From Friday to Monday you can change. If you come to Italy, it’s a different story. You have to move the family; it’s a change of life. Lewis’ move will help us.”